Dominic Pinney

  • Contemporary
  • Installations
  • Mixed Media
  • Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Dominic Pinney (He/Him) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist currently working out of the traditional lands of the First Nations Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas; Hamilton Ontario. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor (2019), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design (2017). His work explores the affective resonances of city space, tied to the anxiety of existing and moving through public environments. Working in sculpture, new media, and light-based installation he relies upon a sensitivity towards urban space and materiality to examine the liminal experience of the modern city dweller. 

Through his work he finds a sense of catharsis, processing the tension between the utopic and dystopic potential of city space. Taking inspiration from architecture and the aura of urban spaces Pinney’s work focuses on the modern ruins encountered by the city dweller, the not yet spaces, sites of construction and demolition, buildings in disrepair and renovation, the sites of transformation. Using readymade objects in conjunction with sculptural and new media processes Pinney defamiliarizes the mundane ephemera he encounters and collects to curate environments within the gallery space which act as simulacrum of the city. 

Using fluorescent lighting and repurposed construction materials, Pinney builds immersive environments and sculptural objects which highlight the viewer's passage through the gallery space to evoke the movements of the passerby. Utilizing light and shadowplay, reflective surfaces and translucent screens the work is intended to mimic the exchange of gazes in public space, the act of people watching and of watching themselves reflected in the many mirrors of the city. Within his practice, Pinney is continually exploring the liminal qualities of city spaces; passing encounters, moments of collision, and the hum of energies which affect us and erode the separation between public and private urban space. His work brings the viewer into a simulacra of the city where they are caused to experience our cyclic relationship to built environments: we affect the city as it in turn affects us. 


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